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  • Some things to know about the Spanish league

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid and Barcelona have been in scorching scoring form lately, and more can be expected this week in the Spanish league. Madrid, which scored nine goals in last two matches, will host Elche on Tuesday. Way back in February 1960, Madrid routed Elche 11-2, the largest margin of victory in league history. Barcelona has scored seven goals in its previous two matches and next visits Malaga on Wednesday. Here are some things to know about this week's matches: ___ SPOILED FOR CHOICE Another convincing win looks within Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's grasp, especially considering that Elche has lost 17 times and drawn three in 20 visits to the Santiago Bernabeu.

  • Surprise Bundesliga leader Paderborn off to Bayern

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MUNICH (AP) — The featured Bundesliga match will take place in Munich, and that is no surprise. What is surprising is that it involves Paderborn, the promoted club that is playing in the top tier for the first time. Four matches into the season, Paderborn leads three other clubs on goal difference. One of them is defending champion Bayern Munich, which hosts Paderborn on Tuesday. Paderborn is coming off a 2-0 home win over Hannover, while Bayern had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Hamburg. Here are some things to know about the Bundesliga matches on Tuesday and Wednesday. ___ INVERTED LOOK A casual observer is likely to rub his eyes in disbelief after looking at the Bundesliga standings four matche

  • Serie A favorites Juve and Roma already in control

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Serie A is only three rounds old and title favorites Juventus and Roma already stand alone atop the table. Neither of the leaders has conceded a goal and both have also won their opening matches in the Champions League. Roma, which has scored one more goal than Juventus, visits Parma on Wednesday while Juventus hosts Cesena. Hellas Verona is a surprising third, two points behind the leaders, entering its match against Genoa. Here are some things to know about the Italian league entering this week's games: ___ TOP FORM Carlos Tevez has scored four goals in his last three matches with Juventus — two in the Champions League and two in Serie A.

  • Report: Minnesota Vikings do not foresee Adrian Peterson in their future

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Adrian Peterson still has not come to grips with the prospect that his 2014 season has all but officially ended and that his future in the NFL is uncertain, multiple sources have told ESPN. Even if Peterson reaches a plea deal on a child abuse charge with Texas prosecutors, the NFL will severely discipline the Minnesota Vikings star, according to sources. Peterson is in denial about his future, according to a team source. The Pro Bowler tweeted Friday that he passed a lie detector test, which served as further proof, according to multiple sources, that he "really doesn't get it. The Vikings do not foresee Peterson in their future, according to team sources

  • Ibrahimovic and PSG struggling in French league

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's dependence on Zlatan Ibrahimovic is proving to be problematic for coach Laurent Blanc. When Sweden's all-time top scorer doesn't perform, PSG struggles, as it was again the case in a 1-1 home draw with Lyon on Sunday that prompted jeers and boos from the home crowd. After dropping its first points at home this season, PSG is fifth in the league standings, three points behind leader Marseille ahead of Wednesday's trip to Caen. Here are some things to know about this week's matches: ___ UNINSPIRED IBRAHIMOVIC PSG has drawn its last three games in all competitions after failing to hold onto its lead.

  • 5 Napoli fans arrested for violence at cup final

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Five Napoli fans have been arrested for the violence surrounding last season's Italian Cup final, which was marred by a shooting before the match. Police say that among those arrested was Gennaro De Tommaso, who jumped over a barrier at the Stadio Olimpico to speak with authorities and argue for the match to be postponed. De Tommaso and the others face charges of resisting public officials and violations of stadium laws. Napoli fan Ciro Esposito was shot away from the stadium before kickoff of the May 3 game then died of his wounds in June. Roma fan Daniele De Santis, who allegedly fired four shots, was among four people arrested a day after the game. An investigation of the shooting is ongoing

  • A's trying to hold on amid extended slump

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    There's only a week left in the regular season, which may seem like an eternity for the Oakland Athletics. The A's are 13-26 since Aug. 10, and a postseason spot that once seemed certain is now a bit more tenuous. The AL West title has already been lost, leaving Oakland hoping for a wild card that isn't yet assured. But after an 8-6 win over Philadelphia on Sunday — only the second time in two weeks Oakland scored more than four runs — the A's lead Kansas City by a half-game for the American League's top wild card. Seattle is two games behind the A's — so that's the cushion for an Oakland team that simply wants to reach the finish line without losing everything. "I think we're definitely pressing to right the ship

  • Kent creates scholarship for Cal women's athletics

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Former major league infielder Jeff Kent is giving back to women's athletics at his former school, the University of California. Kent is donating $531,000, with an additional $100,000 in matching funds, to female student-athletes at Cal through the newly created Jeff Kent Women Driven Scholarship Endowment. Cal will formally announce Kent's contributions Monday. The fully endowed scholarship will continue indefinitely and provide one full scholarship each year for a women's athlete chosen from soccer, softball, tennis, track or cross country — with the preference going to a non-recruited student-athlete with a minimum 2.8 GPA, an interest in community service or mentoring, and someone who has demons

  • Georgia Southern runs like crazy but can pass, too

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Those Big Ten-record 644 yards on the ground against Bowling Green weren't enough to move Wisconsin to the top of the national rushing chart. Georgia Southern, in its first season as a full-fledged Bowl Subdivision member, is running for 365.8 yards a game compared with Wisconsin's average of 359.7. The Eagles have had three different 100-yard rushers through four games, with Matt Breida going for 187 on 21 carries in a 28-6 Sun Belt Conference win over South Alabama on Saturday. Offensive coordinator Doug Ruse calls running plays on more than three of every four snaps. When he elects to pass, he has a quarterback who can deliver in Kevin Ellison. The sophomore attempts fewer than 10 passes a game, but he's completing 6

  • Gambia: Ex-govt. minister elected football head

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A former government minister has been elected president of the Gambian football federation in a move that has been criticized as being about politics and not sport. Lamin Kaba Bajo, a former interior minister, narrowly won Saturday's vote. Critics say some candidates were barred from standing. The vote was held after FIFA dissolved the GFF board in April saying it had lost the confidence of "major stakeholders." Another former government minister, Sidi Sanneh, said in a Facebook post that the election of government-backed candidate Kaba Bajo means football in the West African country is "no longer sport; it is pure politics." FIFA rules prohibit governments from interfering in football matters.

  • Nigeria federation sets date for elections

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian football federation says it will hold elections to choose a new leadership on Sept. 30. The elections will be overseen by outgoing NFF president Aminu Maigari, who was twice forced out of office in recent months and reinstated after intervention by FIFA. Nigeria, the African champion, was banned from international football for nine days in July for government interference after the sports ministry backed Maigari's removal. It was again threatened with suspension this month when Maigari was ousted for a second time in elections not recognized by FIFA. The NFF held a meeting this weekend to choose a new election committee ahead of the vote at the end of September. It promised a "credib

  • Nadal withdraws from IPTL because of health

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League competition, citing health reasons. Veteran Indian player Mahesh Bhupathi posted on Twitter on Monday that Nadal had withdrawn before Team India was due to be announced in New Delhi. The IPTL later confirmed that the 28-year-old Spaniard wouldn't be playing in the tournament. Nadal withdrew from the U.S. Open last month, citing a right wrist problem, and was unable to defend his title. He also recently missed Spain's Davis Cup loss to Brazil. The IPTL, a city-based team competition, is to be staged at venues in the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and India between Nov. 28 and Dec. 13.

  • The Oklahoman's Class 4A rankings: Fort Gibson on the rise

    Scott Wright | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Despite the loss of a four-year starter at quarterback, Fort Gibson hasn’t missed a step. The Week 3 win over Wagoner helped Fort Gibson jump to No. 3 in this week’s rankings. Sophomore running back Chris Walker has stepped into the playmaker role for Fort Gibson after the loss of J.R. Singleton to a torn ACL. […]

  • The Oklahoman's Class 5A rankings: A new No. 1, and McGuinness enters the poll

    Scott Wright | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Shawnee’s loss to Ponca City led to a shake-up in the Class 5A rankings. Lawton MacArthur moves into the No. 1 spot coming off its third solid win to start the season. The Highlanders rolled over rival Lawton Eisenhower one week after taking down Lawton High 35-33. Combine that with their Week 1 rout of Clinton, and […]

  • The Oklahoman's Class 6A-I rankings: Owasso, Westmoore make statements, Putnam City North debuts in poll

    Scott Wright | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Owasso’s upset of Jenks and Westmoore’s thrilling victory over Norman North were among several games that shook up the Class 6A Division I rankings heading into the start of district play. Owasso’s 7-6 win over Jenks boosted the Rams up to No. 2 in this week’s rankings, while Westmoore climbed one spot to No. 3. […]

  • Reds hit 4 homers in 7-2 win at St. Louis

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds finished the last road trip of a disappointing season with a powerful show. Bruce hit two of Cincinnati's four homers, and the Reds snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory at the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier also went deep, helping Cincinnati to just its second win on the nine-game trip. "We'd lost every game but one on this trip, so winning a game, it didn't matter who it was against, was first and foremost," manager Bryan Price said. Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon (15-10) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. He was working on a 17-inning scoreless string before St. Louis scored in the fifth.

  • Cards clinch playoff spot, then lose 7-2 to Reds

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to secure the NL Central title while battling a flu bug that has spread throughout the roster. At least they know they are headed back to the postseason. The Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, and then lost 7-2 to Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds. But the biggest concern for manager Mike Matheny was an alarming group of sick players. Regulars Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter did not play for the second straight game, and Matheny said there are "north of 10 players" bothered by flu-like symptoms. "There are a lot of guys that are unavailable," he added. "Almost as many unavailable as available." Infielder Daniel Descalso is one of the players who has not

  • Paul Goydos wins Hawaii Championship

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Paul Goydos won the Hawaii Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, breaking out of a tight pack with four straight birdies. Making his fifth start of the 50-and-over tour since turning 50 in June, Goydos closed with a 4-under 68 at Kapolei Golf Club for a tournament-record 19-under 197 total. He opened with rounds of 66 and 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Funk. "I think I used what I've learned today," Goydos said. "I'm making progress, which I'm pleased with. I didn't play well on the PGA Tour this year. Happy held it together. Handled adversity well." Funk finished with a 69 to tie for second with Scott Dunlap. The 58-year-old Funk had a hole-in-one on No.

  • Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn't seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the government allowed a small number to play professionally overseas. The island's national league began its 54th season Sunday badly weakened by the departure of both stars and promising prospects chasing dreams of riches in the U.S. To fight the drain, Cuba relaxed a five-decade ban on professional play in September 2013 and allowed ballplayers to sign offseason contracts with leagues like Japan's and Mexico's as long as a large chunk of their contracts goes to the state and they return to play in Cuba. The state also gave raises to on-island at

  • Gilberto helps Toronto FC beat Chivas USA 3-0

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Gilberto scored a goal and set up another in Toronto FC's 3-0 victory over last-place Chivas USA in Major League Soccer on Sunday. Jackson and Luke Moore also scored for Toronto, which ended a six-game winless streak with its first victory since beating Columbus on Aug. 9. Chivas has lost six straight and is 10 of its past 11 games. It has also been shut out in nine of its last 10 matches. Both teams were reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute after an altercation between Jackson and Chivas midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. Both were given red cards.